CATALONIA

Spyware attack on Catalan leaders’ cellphones triggers political storm in Spain

The Interior Ministry, National Police and Civil Guard all deny having hired the services of NSO, the Israeli company that created the software

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s Unidas Podemos party pushes for sweeping migrant regularization

The junior partner in the coalition government has little congressional support for the move, which would also grant citizenship to foreign workers who provided essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown

POLITICS

After bitter debate in Congress, Spain’s PM secures extension to state of alarm

Pedro Sánchez was harshly criticized for his handling of the coronavirus crisis by the PP and Vox, but found the votes needed for a final period of the emergency measures

CORONAVIRUS

Spain passes decree aimed at combatting standstill in justice system due to coronavirus crisis

Minority government secures backing for a plan to streamline procedures after lockdown creates a mounting backlog of cases

CORONAVIRUS

Opposition blames government for ‘turning Spain into a mortuary’ during question and answer session in Congress

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Deputy PM Pablo Iglesias avoided being dragged into the mudslinging, and repeated their offers for a cross-party agreement to rebuild Spain after the coronavirus crisis ends

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish PM to opposition parties: ‘Nobody can win this war alone’

Pedro Sánchez has called for cross-party support during the coronavirus crisis but has been met with the rejection of the PP and Vox

COROANVIRUS

Congress backs PM’s request to extend state of alarm in Spain until April 26, with a further 15 days likely

Opposition parties were highly critical of how the Socialist Party government of Pedro Sánchez has handled the crisis during Thursday’s debate in the lower house of parliament

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish PM secures congressional support to extend state of alarm

Although opposition parties heavily criticized Pedro Sánchez for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, they voted in favor of keeping the emergency measures in place until April 12

SPANISH ROYALS

Spanish government applauds king’s reaction to financial scandal, but supports judicial probe

Unidas Podemos and regional parties want a congressional inquiry into alleged Swiss bank accounts tied to Felipe VI's father Juan Carlos I

POLITICS

Spanish Congress refuses to investigate former King Juan Carlos for alleged ‘irregular’ donation

With the backing of a report from parliamentary lawyers, the governing board of Spain’s lower house has rejected the creation of a special committee into the monarch’s financial dealings

POLITICS

PM backs minister over meeting with Venezuelan VP during testy session in Congress

Opposition parties used their first chance to quiz the new government to call on transport chief José Luis Ábalos to quit over encounter at Madrid airport with Delcy Rodríguez

POLITICS

King Felipe VI in parliament: “Spain must be for everyone”

In a speech to open the new political term, the monarch calls on parties to restore the people’s trust in the institutions

POLITICS

Spanish PM to negotiate with Catalan separatists on lowering sedition sentences

Pedro Sánchez needs an absolute majority in Congress if he is to pass his planned reforms to the criminal code, which include possible changes to the crimes of rebellion and sexual assault

Spanish royal family

Politicians from all sides of the spectrum respond to King Felipe’s Christmas speech

The anti-austerity Unidas Podemos praised the monarch for softening his tone on the issue of Catalonia, while Catalan and Basque parties criticized the address

POLITICS

Spanish Congress prepares for possible end-of-year investiture vote

As the Socialist Party and Catalan Republican Left get closer to a deal to get Pedro Sánchez sworn back into office, lawmakers are asked to stay near Madrid in case they need to rush back from holidays

SPANISH POLITICS

Negotiations over Spanish PM’s investiture enter final phase

Despite a public clash, the Socialist Party and the separatist Catalan Republican Left continue to talk about a possible abstention that would allow Pedro Sánchez to be sworn into office

November 2019 General Election

Vote count gives extra seat to PP, further complicating Pedro Sánchez’s chances

The conservatives have picked up a deputy in the Basque Country, meaning the caretaker PM will need to secure key abstentions or support from another party to retake power

Historical memory

Franco’s family at the Mingorrubio cemetery: “This is a dictatorship”

The dictator's relatives scuffled with police after the latter tried to seize a recording device brought inside in violation of a government ban

POLITICS

Socialists, Podemos seeking last-minute deal ahead of investiture debate

The left-wing party headed by Pablo Iglesias wants ministries and a deputy prime ministerial position in government with acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez

POLITICS

Acting Spanish prime minister to face investiture vote on July 22

Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party hopes to be voted back into office, despite currently lacking the necessary support from other political groups, including his key partner Unidas Podemos

POLITICS

Catalan separatists unable to take seats in European Parliament

Spain’s election board decides that Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras and Antoni Comín cannot be MEPs because they have not fulfilled a legal requirement to pledge compliance with the Constitution

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Prior at Valley of the Fallen demands state hand over its keys to monument

Father Santiago Cantera, who is fiercely opposed to former dictator Francisco Franco being exhumed from the site, took exception to an unannounced visit by civil servants

POLITICS

Bitcoin, a boat and book royalties: What assets do Spain’s top politicians hold?

Newly elected lawmakers, including Pedro Sánchez, astronaut Pedro Duque and far-right Vox leader Santiago Abascal, have submitted their financial holdings – and there are some interesting findings

POLITICS

Congress suspends deputies on trial for role in Catalan independence drive

The four men, who are currently being held in custody while facing charges for their actions in 2017, will from today no longer be parliamentarians, something that could benefit acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez

POLITICS

Row over Catalans’ oaths sets the tone as Spanish Congress convenes

A highly fragmented lower house elects a new speaker, but is more divided than ever over separatist deputies, four of whom are currently being held in custody while on trial

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Spanish Congress to suspend jailed Catalan deputies from their seats

The new parliament is convening today, and will likely follow regulatory guidelines against the pro-independence leaders caught up in criminal proceedings

SPANISH ELECTION

Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Congress and Senate

The five pro-independence leaders have completed the paperwork to assume office after the Supreme Court granted them permission to leave jail, where they are being held in custody for their role in the 2017 separatist drive